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Mechanical Engineer

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U.S Department of Defense, Defense Logistics Agency

$63,128.00 to $98,364.00

Columbus, OH

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$63,128 to $98,364 per year

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GS 11 - 12

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Full-Time - Full Time

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Few vacancies in the following location:

Whitehall, OH

Relocation expenses reimbursed


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The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) agency. DLA provides worldwide logistics support for the missions of the Military Departments and the Unified Combatant Commands under conditions of peace and war. It also provides logistics support to other DoD Components and certain Federal agencies, foreign governments, international organizations, and others as authorized.

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As an Mechanical Engineer, you will be responsible for the following duties (If selected at the GS-07 or GS-09 level, duties will be performed in a developmental capacity):

Serves as professional engineer, expert test engineering consultant, and advisor within the mechanical engineering discipline with responsibility for developing designs, test plans, and specifications for use in the DLA Mechanical Test Laboratory to verify adherence to quality and reliability requirements.

Develop test plans to ensure proper testing techniques, device physics, and equivalency testing are conducted.

Establish test requirements/techniques according to theoretically proven means and by use of empirical methods and techniques; interprets test results; plans and develops methods for use in the study of pass/fail trends; determines when problems exist with specification or standard test methods or procedures.

Review, analyze and evaluate technical engineering information in test reports and other pertinent technical documentation in order to determine failure or acceptability status; while assuring the validity of reports.

Communicate with the manufacturer or the laboratory performing the tests of correct procedures to follow should failure occur then determining recourse actions to take as appropriate.

Prepare detailed cost estimates, correspondence, technical reports, estimates, fact sheets, status reports and schedules as required to complete project assignments.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

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United States Citizens

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job family (Series)

0830 Mechanical Engineering

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Conditions of Employment

Work Schedule:

Full time

Tour of Duty: Flexible, Monday-Friday, 7:00 am - 5:30 pm

Overtime Work: Occasionally

Security Requirements: Non-Critical Sensitive

Drug Testing Designated Position: No

Fair Labor Standards Act: Non-Exempt; GS-12: Exempt

Bargaining Unit Position: Yes

Emergency Essential: No

Reemployed Annuitant: Does not meet criteria

The DoD criteria for hiring Reemployed Annuitants can be found at:


To qualify for Mechanical Engineer

your resume and supporting documentation must support:

A.Basic Requirement: A Bachelor's Degree or higher in professional engineering.

To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with

at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering

and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include

differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year

physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering

science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials

(stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d)

thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties

of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g)

any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such

as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. OR

A combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training,

and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the

physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2)

a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering

sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of

engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the


a. Professional registration --

Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of

Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this

standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than

written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only

for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of

their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through

a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would

be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.


Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training

(EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration,

which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various

States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Applicants who have

passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either

(a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited

college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the

physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program

accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may

be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is

limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field

of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve

highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an

advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements

in paragraph 1. Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs,

graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of

additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to

provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and

abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of

this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.


Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester

hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in

engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The

courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a

professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph 1.


Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's

degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g.,

physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or

geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the

applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience

acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily

there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop

professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional

engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions.

B. Specialized Experience: One year

of specialized experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge,

skills and abilities (KSAs) or competencies to successfully perform the duties

of the position, and is directly in or related to this position. To qualify at

the GS-07 level, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience

equivalent to the GS-05 level or equivalent under other pay systems in the

Federal service, military or private sector. To qualify at the GS-11 level,

applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the

GS-09 level or equivalent under other pay systems in the Federal service,

military or private sector. To qualify at the GS-12 level, applicants must

possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level or

equivalent under other pay systems in the Federal service, military or private

sector. Creditable specialized experience includes:

GS-11: Analyze technical engineering problems.; Analyze and study engineering and technical performance requirements for reliability, maintainability and availability as well as estimating life cycle costs for commodity items; Analyze and review manufacturing facilities, tooling requirements, fabrication processes, and test requirements; Analyze and evaluate engineering change proposals; Tests and evaluates a variety of mechanical components.; Apply concepts and practices associated with all aspects of the technical design and development process utilizing drawings of mechanical components.

GS-12: Interprets technical data packages to identify the critical characteristics of the part to be tested; Resolves conflicts with customers regarding test methods, procedures and interpretations of results; Analyze material properties to ensure that mechanical devices and systems and their equipment and/or components function safely, reliably, efficiently, and economically; Serve as project manager on engineering / testing documentation projects; Perform extensive design, manufacturing and cost analysis; Apply the scientific principles, theories, methods, and processes used to conduct a systematic and objective inquiry, including collection, analysis, and interpretation of data, and reporting of results; Apply the principles, methods, and tools of quality assurance, quality control, process improvement, and reliability used to ensure that an mechanical component, project, or system meets technical requirements and standards.

C. Education Substitution: Such

education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do

the work. Education must be from a college or university accredited by an

organization approved by the U.S. Department of Education. See

If using education to meet basic qualifications, YOU MUST SUBMIT A TRANSCRIPT

as supplemental documentation. To qualify based on education in lieu of

specialized experience, you must possess:

GS-11: Three years of progressively

higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or

equivalent doctoral degree. Such education must have provided the knowledge,

skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work of the position being



D. Combination:

Combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and

experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements for grade level

GS-11 and may be computed by first determining the applicant's total qualifying

experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; then

determining the applicant's education as a percentage of the education required

for the grade level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages

must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for that grade level.

Only graduate education in excess of the amount required for the next lower

grade level may be used to qualify applicants for positions at grade GS-11.

Your qualifications will be

evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills and

abilities) in the following areas:

Knowledge of professional mechanical engineering concepts, principles, and

techniques which includes progressively difficult substantive tasks for

testing and evaluation.

Knowledge of assigned Federal Supply Classes (FSC), manufacturing technologies,

technical data packages, test methods and procedures to ensure items

meet the technical requirements as stated in the contract.

Ability to develop tests using precision test systems and Computer Numerically

Controlled (CNC) test equipment, to include knowledge of electrical and

mechanical systems ancillary to supporting the equipment.

Ability to review, analyze, and evaluate technical engineering information in

test reports and other pertinent technical documentation.

Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

Additional information

ICTAP (Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan): If you are an eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated Highly Qualified under Category Rating procedures used as the rating criteria for this position. ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a Notice of Personnel Action (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456. Additional information may also be found at the General Information and Definitions link below.

MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE: Information and required documentation for claiming Military Spouse Preference may be found at the General Information and Definitions link below.

SELECTIVE SERVICE: MALE APPLICANTS BORN AFTER 12/31/1959 must certify prior to job offer that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

Please review the General Information and Definitions at:


WORKPLACE: The Defense Logistics

Agency (DLA) has established a Drug-Free Federal Workplace Policy. All

applicants tentatively selected for DLA employment in a testing designated

position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to

appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with

DLA for a period of six months. This policy extends to random testing for the

use of illegal drugs by employees who occupy testing designated positions

defined as sensitive in Section 7(d) of Executive Order 12564. The

Defense Logistics Agency's Drug Free Workplace Plan's drug testing panel

includes testing for the following illegal substances: marijuana, cocaine,

opiates (codeine/morphine), 6-Acetylmorphine (heroin), phencyclidine,

amphetamines (amphetamine/methamphetamine), methylenedioxymethamphetamine

(MDMA), methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA), oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone,

and hydromorphone.


How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Volunteer Experience: Your Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Once the application process is complete, we may review your résumé and supporting documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We may evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences as it relates to fundamental competencies, identified in the Qualifications section above, required for this position. Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of the following quality categories:

Best-Qualified: This highest category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective placement factors and appropriate quality ranking factor(s), as determined by the job analysis.

Highly-Qualified: This higher category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position, as determined by the job analysis.

Qualified: This lowest category will be used for those candidates that meet the minimum qualifications of the position and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position. Candidates may require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.

Names of the candidates in the Best-Qualified category will be sent first to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Applicants in other categories will be referred in accordance with category rating procedures.

Veteran's Preference: If you are entitled to veteran's preference, you should indicate the type of veteran's preference you are claiming on your résumé. Your veteran's preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. If you are entitled to veteran's preference and qualified for the position, your name will be placed above non-preference candidates on a list sent to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Qualified veterans' preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category depending on the position and grade level of the job. For information on entitlement see

All Veterans: You are required to submit a DD Form 214, Military Discharge (Member Copy 4). Veterans claiming 10 Point Preference in addition to your DD 214, you are required to submit a completed SF-15 and, supporting documents outlined on the SF-15.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance


Required Documents

Required Documents

The documents you are required to submit vary based on what authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee). Please review the following to see if there are any documents you need to provide:

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits

For information on Employee Benefits visit

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How to Apply

How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

-Completed Resume – (Required) For more information click on How To Prepare A Resume

-Completed Questionnaire – (Required)

-Other supporting documentation as required. Please see the required documents section to determine if there are other documents you are required to submit.

To preview the questionnaire, please go to View Assessment Questions

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, February 26, 2018.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log into your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

To review the status of an application through USAJOBS:

Log into your USAJOBS account.

Click Application Status within our profile to expand your application.

Click the more information link under the Application Status column for this position. You will be routed to Application Manager.

Click the Vacancy ID link to open the Application package. The Details tab displays by default. The Details tab displays comprehensive information about the selected Application Package including: assessment(s) and the status, supporting documents and their status, correspondence sent to you by the hiring agency, and your application processing status.

For additional information, see Details Tab and Checklist Tab.

If you have completed the application process online and were unable to upload your supporting documents, complete this cover page

using the following Vacancy ID2028661 and fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Note: If you are unable to apply online please follow the directions located at:

Agency contact information

Jodi M. Evans-Harris








DLA Human Resources Services Columbus

3990 E Broad Street

Bldg 11 Section 3

Columbus, OH


Learn more about this agency

Next steps

Once you successfully complete the application process, you will receive

a notification of receipt. Your application package will be reviewed to ensure

you meet the basic eligibility and qualifications requirements, and you will

receive a notification. A review may be completed of your online

questionnaire and the documentation you submitted to support your responses.

Applicants that are found among the most highly qualified may be referred to

the hiring official for consideration, and you will receive a notification of

referral. The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and as part

of the selection process, applicants may be required to complete additional

supplemental documents. Once the selection is made, you will receive a

notification of the decision. If interviews are conducted, DLA uses a technique

called Behavior

Based Interviewing (BBI)

. Be sure to check your USA Jobs account for your

notification updates.

Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations

or how to contact an agency.

Legal and regulatory guidance

Financial suitability

Social security number request

Privacy Act

Signature and false statements

Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

Company info

U.S Department of Defense, Defense Logistics Agency
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Company Profile
As America's combat logistics support agency, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) provides the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, other federal agencies, and combined and allied forces with the full spectrum of logistics, acquisition and technical services. The Agency sources and provides nearly 100 percent of the consumable items America's military forces need to operate, from food, fuel and energy, to uniforms, medical supplies, and construction and barrier equipment. DLA also supplies more than 84 percent of the military's spare parts. In addition, the Agency manages the reutilization of military equipment, provides catalogs and other logistics information products, and offers document automation and production services. The Defense Logistics Agency is headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Va. As a global enterprise, wherever the United States has a military presence, DLA is likely there as well.

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